Commonwealth of Learning (COL)declares Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) academic programmes of world standard
ISLAMABAD: The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has verified the quality and the standard of academic programmes launched by Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), stating that they meet the international standard. The final verification of report’s results indicate that AIOU has achieved the highest rating on quality assurance with the status of “Verified” by COL. Prof Dr Asha S Kanwar, president of COL, in a letter congratulated AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi and members of his team for their meritorious achievements, keeping up the quality of their academic programmes. The report was prepared by the COL-RIM consultant, Prof Uma Coomaraswamy, former president of Open University of Sri Lanka. The verified institution noted that AIOU has the capacity to respond to changing environment and strives to meet stakeholders’ needs and expectations. The letter further said, “All the members of self-review and verification team of AIOU deserve much appreciation for their strenuous and dedicated work, under the guidance of Dr Nazir A Sangi for achieving the best outcome for their institution.” The COL executive officer said they are grateful to all the deans, professors and heads of academic and administrative departments for sparing their staff and providing all the documents and records for the verification/auditing process of the AIOU. A third party quality assurance evaluation took place at AIOU by COL-RIM last year. It was developed in response to two key drivers, increased global emphasis on the quality of higher education and secondly on rising concern about the cost and uncertain benefits of conventional approaches to external quality assurance.